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covid-19; 700 families benefits from MCRP palliative in Maiha



COVID-19: 700 families benefit from MCRP palliative in Maiha

By The Periscope reporter

Multi-Sectoral Crisis Recovery Project MCRP, for northeastern Nigeria, Monday distributed food commodities as palliative measure, targeting 700 most vulnerable families affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in Maiha Local Government Area, Northern Senatorial District of Adamawa state, Northeast Nigeria.

MCRP is a World Bank assisted programme aimed designed to support the government of Nigeria towards rehabilitating and improving critical service delivery infrastructure, improve the livelihood opportunities of conflict and displacement-affected communities, and strengthen social cohesion in the North East Participating States of Borno, Yobe and Adamawa; and in the event of an eligible crisis or emergency, to provide immediate and effective response to said eligible crisis or emergency.

MCRP has four components; the first being strengthening peace building, stability and social cohesion. The focus is on: transitional support toward stabilization and self-reliance by increasing and improving the access to basic necessity kits, and restoring immediate access to productive assets by providing agricultural inputs and livestock for farming families and trading commodities for non-farmers.

The second is the infrastructure rehabilitation and service delivery restoration and improvement. This component will include the rehabilitation of critical physical infrastructure and the sustainable restoration of service delivery.

The third is the technical assistance and program management support. This component will include TA for strengthening the institutional capacity for the coordination of the programmatic recovery program, in line with the Buhari Plan and the RPBA and strengthening the MCRP implementation capacity. Support for overall programmatic and policy coordination at the federal, interstate, and intrastate levels will include the provision of TA for the development of implementation and performance management frameworks for programmatic recovery.

The fourth component is the contingent emergency response.

The entire local government areas of Borno and Yobe states are participating in the programme, while the activities of MCRP in Adamawa state covers only seven local government areas ravaged by Boko Haram insurgency. These are Madagali, Maiha, Michika, Mubi North, Mubi South, Gombi and Hong local governments.

The scheme has previously empowered vulnerable beneficiaries with agricultural inputs, house utensils, skills acquisition training and empowerment and food items.

Empowering beneficiaries with livestock would have been carried out. Service provider was already contracted. It was however suspended till further notice owing to the Coronavirus pandemic.

However, the current distribution of food items as palliative measure to cushion down the effect of lockdown occasioned by covid-19 pandemic, is so far, the most transparent, where beneficiaries are invited in the open, though not been unmindful of the physical distancing, the Periscope investigation can reveal.

Mr. Haruna H. Furo the project manager CI, is the leader of the MCRP delegation. He was in company of other MCRP members, representatives of ADSEMA and security agencies to facilitate the distribution of the food items to 700 identified beneficiaries across Maiha LGA.

In a letter addressed to the LGA Chairman, with the heading: INTRODUCING MCRP FOOD ITEMS SUPPORT TO 1000 MOST VULNERABLE FAMILIES IN MAIHA LOCAL GOVERNMENT AREA, dated May 7, 2020, signed by Mr Furo on behalf of the project coordinator, MCRP has notified that it would carry out its activities in Maiha.

“I wish to inform you that MCRP will, as part of its corporate social responsibilities, embark on the distribution of palliative (food items) to a targeted 700 most vulnerable families affected by the COVID-19 lockdown in your LGA on Tuesday 12th May, 2020, starting from 7:00am to 5:00pm.

“You are with the forgoing, requested to accord the team all the necessary support that may be required, including providing adequate security cover to both the team and the beneficiaries as the distribution pattern will be on non-contact basis.

“We look forward for your kind support and understanding, please,” the letter read.

Even though the exercise was slated for Tuesday 12th May, it was however carried out on Monday 11th May, 2020.

The food items distributed to each of the 700 most vulnerable families include;
Rice, 5kg
Maize, 2kg
Beans, 2kg
Groundnut Oil, 1ltr
Spice, 1 packet
Salt, 500g.

In his remarks, the Hon. Chairman Maiha local government, Dr. Idi Amin Pakka, having commended the MCRP initiative, expressed his heart-felt appreciation for the food security intervention in the face of COVID-19.

Idi said that following the lockdown order, people of his community found it extremely difficult to get what to eat, especially in this crucial time. Therefore, the palliative, would go a long way in assuaging the plight of his people.

Speaking with the Periscope reporter, Idi said he has provided adequate security for a hitch free exercise in addition to ensuring an effective, efficient and even distribution of the food items to the targeted families across the LGA, transparently too.

The exercise, Idi said, has also taken consideration of the use of face masks. Social distancing was also observed.

To be able to address the stress and financial constraints, in addition to the avoiding crowd, the beneficiaries of the palliative in Konkol, Belel and Sorau, districts, Maiha local authority has decided to take the palliative to individual districts for distribution.

Idi ardently assured that more support, more palliative would be pursued with vigour with a view to getting the vulnerable families out of hunger.

The beneficiaries thanked the MCRP Project Manager and the entire team for the Palliatives, which they said, would go a long way in cushioning down the effect of the stay-at-home and other orders.

Having commended the chairman of Maiha local government for his support, without which the exercise could not be effective, a beneficiary pleaded with the chairman to do more to be able to restore electricity in Maiha.

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Gov. Buni Caution Community leaders against Rape Cases



Gov. Buni Caution Community leaders against Rape Cases

By Daily Hint

His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Governor of Yobe state, today cautioned community leaders in the state to be watchful  and report any case of rape in their domains to the appropriate authorities.

The governor said government will fully apply the state laws on rape which stipulates life imprisonment for rape cases involving minors and where the victim is an adult, the culprit shall be jailed upto a term of twenty-five years.

Governor Buni charged the police and judiciary to conduct adequate investigations and expedite action on the judicial process and procedures.

The Governor warned that government will not tolerate any abuse deliberately caused by reckless persons who have no control over themselves.

“The full wrath of the law will be applied on anyone who is proven to have committed rape in the state” he warned.

The state law against rape, kidnapping and unnatural offences which was signed in 2018 provides life imprisonment for rape against minors and up to 25 years imprisonment for raping adults.

The law also stated that whoever commits the offence of kidnapping shall on conviction be punished with imprisonment of not less than fourteen (14) years.


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Gov. Buni; A Silent Achiever With Lean Resources



Gov. Buni; A silent Achiever With Lean Resources

By Haruna Yusuf

Despite Yobe’s prudent management of funds, His Excellency, Hon. Mai Mala Buni, the executive Gov of Yobe state, Spoke through his Director of press Mamman Mohammed said none of the projects that the governor inherited from the past administration or initiated have stopped since his assumption of office one year ago. His words: “Actually, all projects initiated or taken over by this administration are seeing the light of the day in terms of completion. One key project that I want you to note is the airport.

You are aware that this is a multi billion naira project initiated by the previous administration and as we talk now , we are expected to witness the first test landing at the runway which is a sign that the project is nearing completion. It’s a very capital intensive project running into billions of naira but this administration is completing the project.

“Again, if you look at the road project, this administration inherited some road projects that were initiated by the previous administration, like the Damaturu/Kallawan airport road dualization, 4km Damaturu/Potiskum road dualization and many others.

“One thing you should note is that none of the projects either initiated or inherited by this administration is suffering due to the prudent management of the state resources by Governor Mai Mala Buni.

“The governor had also announced that he will expand or build new primary healthcare centers in the 178 political wards in the state.

As we speak now, 53 have been completed and we still have three years to go in the administration. If we can do this in the first year, you can imagine what will happen in the next three years running.

“You remember the moribund factories in the state; the Aluminum, the Woven sacks and the Floor Mills which were abandoned for over ten years but this administration has revived them by investing resources in them and today all are producing at optimal capacity generating revenue to the state coffers and providing employment opportunities for the youth of the state.

“In the area of Education, the administration has also constructed seven model primary schools across the state. Five of such schools have been completed and the remaining two are 90 percent completed. Each of the schools is made up of a story build with 30 standardized class rooms.

These are project that is aimed to improve the standard of education in the state. Over three thousand Teachers were trained and retrained, about ten thousand teachers has been promoted.

“You can see that this administration has identified very key areas that have touched the lives of the people of the state positively. But to be direct, Governor Mai Mala Buni has never stopped any project as result of any financial problem.”


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Adamawa Apc Warn Members against Accepting PDP Appointment



Adamawa APC warn members against accepting PDP appointment

By Baba Yakubu Yola

The Adamawa Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned its members against accepting appointment from Gov. Ahmadu Fintiri led government of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)

A statement on Wednesday by the State Publicity Secretary of APC, Mohammed Abdullahi, said according to the party constitution, anyone who accepted such appointment ceased to be members of APC.

Abdullahi said APC was observing the sustained fruitless effort by PDP in the state to cause disunity among its members.

“We refer to the recent appointments released by the PDP Government in the State that featured the names of some members of our Great Party and wish to draw the attention of the appointees to Article 9.5 of the APC Constitution which states that, any Party Member that accepts a political appointment from any political party or opposition Government ceases to be a member of APC.

“While we commend the loyalty and faithfulness of our Party members who rejected the appointments offered to them by the PDP Government, all those who accept the appointments will have their names removed from the Party Register.

“In conclusion, the APC is keenly watching the PDP government s fruitless efforts in trying to cause commotion and disunity within the APC family. This attempt has failed and will ever fail,” Abdullahi said.

He urged members of the party to remain resolute and focused on supporting the Buhari Administration as the party further unite to take over power in Adamawa State in 2023.

Meanwhile, one of the party chieftains given appointment by Gov. Fintiri as Special Assistant, Mrs Anna Sini has rejected the appointment.

Sini in a letter to APC said she declined the appointment as a loyal party member.

“I am assuring my party that, I remain loyal and committed APC member,” Sini who was an APC Senatorial Aspirant for Adamawa North District said in the letter.

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